Asbestos is well camouflaged and hidden. Yet it is a clear and present danger. For those who may wonder how such an innocuous-looking substance can be considered as dangerous one has only to look at what has happened to those who have ingested asbestos fibers through their respiratory systems. Lung cancer and asbestosis are the consequences. In most cases, there is no reprieve for lung cancer that asbestos causes. Asbestos was the material of choice for insulation and for construction materials before its risks came to light and it was banned in 2003. Older properties are likely to have asbestos in small or significant amounts and, even if it is compounded asbestos, deterioration due to age makes it a threat difficult to ignore. Should you own (or even rent) such property, it is in your interest to opt for Asbestos Inspection Australia by accredited inspection agencies.
What happens during the asbestos inspection
Look at your property. You have a roof, floor, walls with plaster, heaters with insulation and other structures. Older structures are likely to have loose asbestos as insulation material for heaters and for acoustic insulation. Walls, floors, and partitions may have compounded sheets. Even the roof may be of asbestos. Then there are rainwater drainpipes and gutters that may be made of asbestos. Some materials containing asbestos are easy to identify. Then there are others that you may not suspect. Asbestos inspection Australia certified professionals are thoroughly conversant and knowledgeable. They know what to look for and where to look. Preliminary visual inspection is the first step. The expert on-site then marks all such materials. The findings are recorded. Samples collected undergo tests. The on-site test reveals the condition of asbestos compounded materials. If such material crumbles or looks flaky then it is identified as potentially risky. If this is present in the interiors then an air quality check may be necessary to detect the presence of asbestos fibers. All such findings go into a report. Persons conducting business will then need to take steps to contain asbestos or remove it. If asbestos is retained then an asbestos management plan must be drawn up and records maintain according to Australian regulations.
Do you need an asbestos inspection?
If you own residential or commercial property built after 2003 then you have nothing to worry about. Owners or occupiers of properties built before 2003 should go in for asbestos inspection Australia. This has benefits.
One is that such inspection can reveal the presence of asbestos, location and state. You can then take action to control asbestos with coatings or other measures to nullify the threat of loose asbestos fibers mixing with air, water, and soil.
Apart from identifying asbestos inaccessible and inaccessible areas the inspection also addresses other hazardous materials such as lead-based paints, biphenyl group chemicals, and biological hazards.
If you plan to renovate the property, demolish it or purchase property then it is important to get an inspection carried out for peace of mind, for safety and to ensure compliance with laws. Call in Assess Control Assure for asbestos inspection and stay safe.
Assess Control Assure offers asbestos inspection Australia services followed by an assessment of risk, containment guidance and also removal services.